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Landfill Gas to Energy! Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Landfill Gas to Energy!  Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Methane is a normal by-product of decomposition in landfills. At Republic Services' Forward landfill in Eastern San Joaquin County, they have harnessed the methane and converted it into power. Republic Services, in cooperation with Ameresco, the largest renewable energy firm in the country, have constructed a 4.3 megawatt twin-turbine power plant next to the Austin Road landfill that runs on the methane pulled out of the nearby landfill. The generated power is sent to the PG&E grid and then to Silicon Valley Power, where it is used to supply 1600 homes in Santa Clara.

CAL WATER LAUNCHES CUSTOMER HARDSHIP GRANT PROGRAM

CAL WATER LAUNCHES CUSTOMER HARDSHIP GRANT PROGRAM

Eligible Customers Can Receive Grants of Up to $200 per Year to Offset Water Bills California Water Service Group's (NYSE: CWT) largest subsidiary, California Water Service Company (Cal Water), has launched a new grant program to assist customers facing unique hardships. Through the Cal Water Cares Grant Program, eligible customers can receive a grant of up to $200 to assist in paying their water utility bill. Customers may apply for a new grant once every 12 months.

The Cal Water Cares grant program is being funded by Cal Water's shareholders, who are contributing $100,000 to eligible customers in 2014. The program is administered by Dollar Energy Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and one of the largest hardship funds in the United States. Cal Water will partner with local community-based organizations to assist customers in applying for grants.

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

Ground and Aerial Spaying Scheduled for this Week

Ground and Aerial Spaying Scheduled for this Week

In response to increased adult mosquito populations and/or the detection of West Nile Virus, the District is preparing to conduct ground and air spraying in the following area(s):

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Electronic Waste Disposal at Delta College, Sat April 12

Electronic Waste Disposal at Delta College, Sat April 12

Time for an "electronic spring cleaning." Want to FINALLY get rid of all those useless electronic items? From TVs to computers, printers, useless electronics of all sorts, even florescent bulbs, batteries, and more! OnSite Recycling visits Delta's Shima 2 Lot every 2nd Saturday of the month, 9am - 1pm. And guess what? This great service is FREE!
For more information on items OnSite will accept:
(209) 234-7994, or visit: http://bit.ly/Ql5L7u